In case you missed it, a woman who may have been a big part of our childhood passed away yesterday.
Singer Lesley Gore has left us behind at the age of 68.
I just saw Leslie less than 2 years ago when she headlined the Palm Springs Follies. She looked good, sounded great and was very friendly.
Lesley recorded her signature song “It’s My Party” shortly before her 16th birthday. Produced by none other than Quincy Jones, the song went to # 1 .
She followed it up with a string of hits including “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” “She’s A Fool,” “Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows,” “California Nights” and her most influential and meaningful performance, “You Don’t Own Me,” which has been covered by many other artists.
When I met Lesley she was mourning the recent loss of Marvin Hamlisch, who played piano for her and wrote several of her hit songs.
It has been reported that Lesley died of lung cancer. Take note, Leslie was a non-smoker. Most people believe the # 1 cancer killer for women is breast cancer. The truth is lung cancer claims that title, whether you smoke or not. The cancer moves quickly to other organs and tissues before anyone has a clue it started in the lungs. Doctors are now beginning to recognize this fact and are encouraging women to get lung and chest x-rays, or ct scans.
It is now Leslie’s fans turn to cry, as I am today.